Here Comes the Garbage Barge! Print













What You Need to Know:
• Another simple book about saving our planet, a environmental primer for young readers.
• The Garbage Barge is a fiction story, based on a real event that happened in NY in 1987.
• This book importantly conveys the message that garbage has to go somewhere. It puts that abstract thought into
   concrete terms. It's hard for little kids to imagine when they put garbage in the can in the kitchen where it
   goes after that - this book explains it, entertainingly to boot.
Sweet Book Summary:
A garbage barge, hauling 32 tons of garbage, left the town of Islip on Long Island in 1987 (true story). Long Island apparently was having a heck of garbage problem, and the act of burying it was no longer working, as it was contaminating the groundwater. Sending it upstate was proving too expensive, so some businessmen proposed the idea of floating it south on a barge, and having them deal with it down there. "I know a guy...". Well, that didn't work out and the barge wandered around for six months and 6,000 miles, turned away at every port it entered.

This picture book recounts that story with humor and a strong message for recycling in a simple, entertaining manner. I like this book a lot for the tangible message it provides to our children that garbage must go somewhere, and we are running out of room, so why not stop making so much garbage! The humor and the unique illustrations add to this enjoyable book. Note about the illustrations (according to the publisher): they are "hand-built three-dimensional sets shot with a Canon digital SLR camera grafter on the back of a Horseman 4x5 camera. The line are was drawn with Hunt 108 pen nibs and Higgins waterproof black ink on paper." Cool.
Author: Jonah WInter Illustrator: Red Nose Studio Published: 2010, 40 pages
Themes: Adventure, Environmentalism
If You Liked This Book, Try:
Michael Recycle, Ellie Bethel
How the World Works, Christian Dorion
Rose's Garden, Peter H. Reynolds
This recommendation was written by: Melissa Y.
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